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Print - Epithelium


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    UK (printed and published)

  • Date:

    2006 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morrison, Paul, born 1966 (artist)
    Paragon Press (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MM, shelf 13

This print is characteristic of Morrison's practice as a painter: he makes outsized black and white linear images of plants, often copied from or inspired by earlier printed sources such as woodcut herbals. Here the layers of imagery - a knight on horseback seen through a screen of plants and lines - echo the layers of meaning and reference. There are direct references to the work of earlier printmakers - notably Durer in the horse and the body of the rider - and Rembrandt (the face of the rider is copied from a Rembrandt self-portrait). This layering explains the title: epithelium is the scientific name for the layering of meshes of cells in plants and bodies which form their outer structures.

Physical description

Screenprint on paperdepicting a portrait of Rembrandt in middle age, riding a horse amidst pine trees. The images are layered to produce a complex series of lines reflecting the meaning of the title, epithelium.

Place of Origin

UK (printed and published)


2006 (printed and published)


Morrison, Paul, born 1966 (artist)
Paragon Press (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on paper


Height: 131.7 cm, Width: 99.7 cm

Descriptive line

Epithelium by Paul Morrison; screenprint; 2006





Subjects depicted

Plants; Knight; Horse




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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